Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ligonier Borough Woman Honored

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ligonier Borough Woman Honored

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Anne "Annie" Urban could easily be dubbed "Ms. Ligonier."

Although she was born in Braddock, she has lived in the borough since a young age and has worked for her adopted hometown most of her adult life.

In October, she was honored by the Boy Scouts of America Westmoreland-Fayette Council with a Distinguished Citizen Award.

"I am rarely speechless, but when I found out, I was speechless. I asked them, 'Are you sure?' " she said of the honor.

Ms. Urban, 52, is executive director of Fort Ligonier. In addition to promoting the Ligonier Valley through various jobs she has held, she has volunteered in the community.

She is a past president and board member of the Ligonier Valley Endowments and a member of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce and Business & Professional Women of Ligonier Valley. She has served on the hospitality advisory committee at Seton Hill University and on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism. Last year, she was named Rotarian of the year for the Rotary Club of Ligonier.

Ms. Urban and her family moved to Ligonier Borough when she was 9 years old. Her father worked in the steel mills in Braddock, but the family loved the Ligonier Valley, where they had a summer cottage, so they moved there in 1972.

"They just loved it so much, they decided my dad would commute," she said.

After she graduated from high school, Ms. Urban went to work, using her secretarial skills, and also started attending Westmoreland County Community College at night. At the age of 21, she began working as a secretary for Sheraton.

"That was my introduction to the hospitality industry and I loved it. I stayed there 10 years," she said. She also kept working toward an associate degree.

"It took seven years at night school, and I swore when I was done, I was never going back to school. One year later, I was at Seton Hill, working on my bachelor's degree," she said.

Ms. Urban worked her way up at the hotel, working in sales and management. …

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